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We've seen a lot of motorized bicycles over the years, but none look quite like the YikeBike. It looks like a miniature nineteenth century Penny Farthing bike that has no pedals and a backwards handle bar. But once you go beyond the looks of the YikeBike, the engineering is pretty interesting.

The YikeBike can be folded up to the size of a suitcase, it can be had in various composite materials including carbon fiber, and it is electrically powered. It even captures energy via regenerative braking. The downside? It only goes 12 miles per hour, and it could cost as much as $3,800. Oh, and it's impossible to look cool while riding a YikeBike.

Translogic's Bradley Hasemeyer traveled to England to try the YikeBike For himself, and the five-minute video is available after the jump. Yes, it looks awkward, but we'd be happy to give it a go ourselves.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess you can have fun on anything with wheels: lawnmowers, mopeds, etc. But, frankly, a regular bike is faster and has a whole lot more dignity.
      • 3 Years Ago
      YikeBike? Sounds like something from a Dr. Seuss book.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Geez, how about reporting on electric bikes that are actually cool. I built one for a grand total of $1,200 thus far that does power wheelies and out-accelerates most cars and some motorcycles up to about 35mph and has a range of 20-40 miles ( and still room for a lot more battery ) Equally awesome ones are available in the $2k-$3k range by bigger companies. Why cover the dumb stuff.
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      Walk, lazy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Saw a guy riding one of these in San Francisco's financial district.... all I could do was stop and stare... craziest thing I've seen on 2 wheels. And the article is correct- you can't look cool riding this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Definitely not cool looking. There are a few pretty cool folding/travel bikes available like "2 wheeled" aludes to. Probably better to report on them. Best part about this one is its folded size.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Segway still seems like a better option.